18 days in Turkey & Bali Itinerary

18 days in Turkey & Bali Itinerary

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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly
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Seminyak, Indonesia
— 3 nights
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Ubud, Indonesia
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Turkey — 2 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Guray Museum. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Goreme online trip builder.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Goreme is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Riyadh in May: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 27°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Selcuk.
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Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
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Selcuk, Turkey — 2 nights

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, and then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Selcuk vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in May, Selcuk is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Pamukkale.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale route maker site.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Istanbul, Turkey — 5 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Mosque, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Seminyak.
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Find places to stay May 7 — 12:

Seminyak, Indonesia — 3 nights

A popular resort town offering a good range of tourist trips, activities, and amenities, Seminyak houses numerous tour companies providing excursions into the jungles of Bali.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seminyak: Sanur (Pantai Sanur & Bali Scuba), Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). The adventure continues: cool off at Waterbom Bali, look for gifts at Asia Silver, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and let little ones run wild at Cubby House Kids Club.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seminyak road trip website.

You can fly from Istanbul to Seminyak in 16.5 hours. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect nights in Seminyak to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ubud.
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Ubud, Indonesia — 3 nights

Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
On the 16th (Tue), examine the collection at Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets, stroll through Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pura Tirta Empul Segara Merta Sari, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirta Empul Temple, and then make a trip to Tegalalang Rice Terrace.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ubud trip planner.

You can drive from Seminyak to Ubud in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Ubud are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Wildlife
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Turkey travel guide

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Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Bali travel guide

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World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.
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